Literacy and Numeracy Across the Curriculum - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Exercises (50%) , Presentation - Multimedia (50%)

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit examines literacy and numeracy as a dynamic, evolving, social, and cultural-historical construction, rather than being represented as a fixed body of skills. It focuses on identifying and understanding the literacy and numeracy demands and conventions in learning areas other than English and Mathematics. This is accomplished by developing an awareness of opportunities for the planning and application of critical literacy and numeracy skills across the curriculum.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. analyse and relate contemporary literacy and numeracy theories, pedagogies and practices
  2. locate and discuss the various literacy and numeracy demands and conventions across and within the curriculum
  3. identify a variety of teaching and learning strategies for numeracy and literacy within disciplines and apply these in a learning plan
  4. prepare a learning plan that addresses the literacy and numeracy demands within your major teaching area.
  • Exercises (50%)
  • Presentation — Multimedia (50%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Other special requirement — Access to Microsoft Office; video creation & editing software

This unit addresses the following topics.

1What does it mean to be literate and numerate? Contemporary literacy and numeracy theories, pedagogies and practices
2A socio-cultural approach to literacy and numeracy ¿ students `Funds of Knowledge'
3Multiliteracies, mathematical literacy and new approaches to mathematical inquiry
4Discipline specific literacy and numeracy
5Literacy and numeracy in the Australian Curriculum
6Literacy and numeracy - strategies and resources
7Critical and creative literacy and numeracy across the curriculum
8Literacies and numeracies in the Digital Domain
9Effective teaching and learning strategies for literacy and numeracy within specific learning areas
10Planning effectively for literacy and numeracy across the curriculum - Part A
11Planning effectively for literacy and numeracy across the curriculum - Part B
12Consolidating and reflecting on personal literacy and numeracy
13Reflection and review

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • E-Portfolios
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • FAQs
  • Online Assessment
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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